I am super thrilled to share our new collection of modern pillows. Our pillows scream chic but playful home décor. They work in the kids’ room, playrooms, and even your lovely living room. All pillows are designed and crafted here in the USA, just for YOUR family. All pillows are: - 18×18 inches - Double sided print - Soft and durable - Concealed zipper - Pillow insert included (handwash only) - Resilient polyester filling retains shape To celebrate the new pillow collection, we are giving away one pillow to one of you. To enter, follow us on Instagram and then, tag one of your friends in the comments. Visit here to see the entire collection.
29 Jan 2016
A couple years ago, Alex and I were sitting on the couch, having a glass of wine while we chatted with my brother-in-law who was visiting from Brazil. We started talking about our house projects when we were faced with our super-traditional-beautiful-not-my-style-chandelier in our hallway. We knew that grand chandelier would have to go one day, but we always felt guilty about removing it. The chandelier did seem a little out of place in this traditional house that was slowly changing its mood to a more modern vibe. As we talked about all the reasons why the traditional chandelier should stay and all the reasons why it should go, the glass of wine spoke louder and we decided that we had just found our next house project. So that night we brainstormed some design ideas. Secretly, Bruno and I were hoping that nothing would happen the next day and that in two years we would say: “- oh, remember when we talked about taking down that oh, so grand chandelier?” But Alex crushed our lazy hope and the guys both went to the home improvement store in search of some wood the very next morning. The idea for the new chandelier was to create something modern and big, but something that was not too overwhelming. We thought geometric shapes, industrial-looking, clean lines. How about a big cube? Yeah, that will do it. A hollow one that is. So construction started in the garage. It was summer time and Bruno was in vacation mode while visiting us. There were probably three hundred and one more interesting things to do than to squat down and clamp wood. But at least, the boys were in good company.
27 Jan 2016
I got to play with black and white photography for last week's photo challenge. Last week moved a little too fast, and the weekend passed by like a hurricane. We got some snow on Friday and Saturday. With icy roads, Norfolk shuts down. Schools were done by noon on Friday. Basketball was canceled. Swimming was cancelled. But we still managed to wear ourselves out with playdates, a sleepless sleepover, a gymnastics meet, and late soccer game on Sunday afternoon. The two photos below are from Sunday. The emotions that evoke from a picture is what make photographs so special to me. Here their eyes are telling a little of our weekend story. The end of the weekend that is. 1::: Victor in the bath tub with his toys 2::: Marcus and Bela in the car on the way to Marcus' soccer game. Do you like to take pictures? I have challenged myself to take one picture of the kids every week. If you want to join the challenge post your photos on IG and tag #weeklyphotowithtrendypeas so I can see your photos. Xo, Patchi
25 Jan 2016
We have two monochrome wallpaper designs ready for the modern home. Simple lines and lots of contrast make these two beautiful designs easy to adapt to any home because they won't overshadow colorful artwork, or a patterned rug, or, you get the idea... I am really happy with how these two designs turned out. I think I will be using the Hive design for my half bath when I get ready to remodel that tiny teeny space. What do you think?
25 Jan 2016
When we got ready to start decorating my parent’s house we were faced with a dilemma. We needed a large dining table. To be more precise, we needed a table for 15. The problem was that the dining room wasn’t THAT big. Meanwhile, my parents were envisioning happy family gatherings around a large dining table on a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon. So, of course, I could not crush that little dream of theirs. After 300 plus opinions, we decided to do a round dining table at the “official” dining room for smaller dinner gatherings and breakfast. We then took advantage of the large living room and decided to transform that room into a living room combined with a dining room and a game room as well. Once we had a goal, we started our search for a dining table that could fit 15. It turns out, it is nearly impossible to find such table. But back in my dark attic, an old table sat there quietly, waiting patiently amongst boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations and Halloween costumes. A couple of years ago, we carefully placed my old dining table in the attic despite our strict attic rule. We do have very strict rules about this attic of ours. And by we, I really mean Alex. The rule is simple, very simple. Nothing goes in the attic. According to Alex, the attic can only store seasonal items. Things that stay there for a while but come downstairs once in a while to say a quick hello. But my old table, oh, I could not let that one go. Her legs were just too good-looking. Skinny and shiny, and oh, so metallic! I knew that if I saved it in the forbidden attic for a couple of years, one day she would come downstairs to show off her legs again. And I had just found the perfect opportunity.
20 Jan 2016
I am challenging myself to take more and way better pictures of the kids in 2016. Every year, I have a photo album done with our family's best photos and moments. As I was putting this year's album together the other day, I felt a little short on "good" pictures. So I decided to invest some time in taking and archiving kids photography. The photo challenge is one portrait per week of the kids. That means I will have 52 photos of each one of them by the end of the year. When I look at it this way, the 52 actually sounds like a lot, but I am up for the challenge. What about you? Do you want to participate in this little project with me? If you want to share your photos, post them on Instagram and tag them with "weeklyphotowithtrendypeas". I would love to see your photos. Cheers to a great year with great photography! Xo, Patchi 1:: Bela in the snow 2:: Marcus with snacks before guitar lesson 3:: Victor with Buzz
18 Jan 2016
Today we have to talk about three little things: 1:: NEW COLLECTION After having a store dedicated to the little ones, we decided it was time to expand. So we designed a collection with grown-ups in mind. We are moving things from the kids' rooms to your living room. After all, why should the kids have all the fun, right?
14 Jan 2016
Hold your breath! The after photo is well worth it. This kitchen renovation happened last year. It took place somewhere between Summer, a chaotic house demo, and a trip to IKEA. The space was small, so we started this renovation by taking down a wall to open the kitchen up and let some much needed light in. We had to strip out all of the old and start fresh! The blue cabinets were removed, the hideous linoleum was ripped apart and the room was left in this disoriented shape. No wonder the kitchen felt so confused. Not knowing what it was and what it was supposed to do, soon the kitchen started to grab us all like preys using those nasty old wires to create little human cocoons left there to rotten. And while we tried to keep it cool and pretend that this renovation was not a big deal and we were in no rush to be done, the rest of the house was facing the same situation. The living room, the half bath, the dining room, they were all begging to be rescued. But don't panic, in the end, we all survived.
13 Jan 2016
Trendy Peas has been featured in this month's issue of the magazine Mollie Makes, all the way from the UK. Mollie Makes curates the best contemporary craft from around the world into a collectable magazine. If you are into crafts and DIY projects, check out their subscription page here. The magazine also has a free gift with every issue. Featuring inspiring interviews, home tours and good reads, Mollie Makes magazine is fuel for the creative mind as well as the eyes! Thank you so much for featuring our trendy little arrows! Check out the arrows wall decal here.
11 Jan 2016
We have been working on a couple of new products to add to the shop. I sleep dreaming about it and wake up thinking about it. We should get samples back next week and hopefully be able to have it ready for sale on February. For this collection, I created a bunch of fun and graphic patterns to mix and match. Each pattern will go on an 18x18 modern pillowcase, creating a one-of-a-kind cushion for the kids' room and your living room. Our goal is to have at least 10 cushion designs to choose from. We would love to hear what kind of cushion mood is yours. This way, we can narrow down or add one more modern pillowcase just for you. Would you leave us a note? Follow us on Instagram to see what else we are up to.
08 Jan 2016